Made from a Sainsbury's carrier bag

Wednesday, 18 January 2017

The destash continues

I am being absolutely ruthless now. If anyone local would like my filing cabinet then you would be most welcome to come and collect it.  It is very heavy and will need two strong men to lift it.. I use it to store craft materials but now that I no longer plan to store as much stuff it has got to go.

Sunday, 15 January 2017

Fabric de stashing

I have been meaning to make a start on another quilt for several weeks.  I have no excuse other than pure bone idleness as I have all the material I need to get on and do it. I made a start this afternoon and it looks really pretty. I plan to put a white border around each block and may alternate each patterned block with a large block of the pink gingham.... and then again I might not but I really do need to get on a de stash my fabric store.

Monday, 9 January 2017

First talk of 2017

Happy New Year everyone. I hope you had a great Christmas. I had planned to go to Wales on Wednesday....... Until a phone call reminded me that I am booked to give a talk... ooops.... A quick call to the guest house in Wales moved my holiday back one day

The de stashing continues and I am chucking out a whole load of blown eggs from my stash. Some are covered in paper pulp and some have been decorated.  I do hate to throw things away but the de stash is continuing. If any local schools/groups would like them drop me an email... but do it soon because they are heading for the bin quite soon.

Saturday, 10 December 2016

My crafting year

This year I seem to have moved away from crafting with my usual junk. I have been given some really useful things to craft  with. Things that were junk to other people became lovely mediums for me to work with.   I have tried several new art forms this year and plan to continue working with them. My husband and  I are seriously considering retiring and moving to a small cottage in Wales so this may well be my last year of going out into the community sharing my crafting skills.  I do hope that you have all enjoyed seeing what you can do with rubbish. If I have inspired you to reconsider what you will throw away I am so pleased.

Tuesday, 6 December 2016

Wood carving event

Earlier this year Tony and I helped man the stand up at Auckland Castle.  I have just received this photo that was taken at the event. We had a massive display table and it is such a shame that  you can't see some of the lovely work that my fellow carvers do

Tuesday, 29 November 2016

First Christmas party of the festive season

Yesterday I attended my first Christmas party of the festive season....... nothing unusual about that I hear you say..  Well no there isn't, except the ladies are all Pakistani Muslims. The food was amazing and the ladies were great fun to be with. Many of the ladies are deaf so we played pass the parcel and musical chairs without music.  Lights were flicked on and off so that we all knew when to rip a layer off or run for a chair. I was deeply touched when a tiny little girl presented me with a gift bag containing a lovely set of toiletries.I really hadn't expected that. In fact I was touched to be invited to the party in the first place. If ordinary mums and grannies of any nationality were in charge of the worlds politics there wouldn't be any wars and everyone in the world would have enough to eat

Friday, 25 November 2016

Plastic shot glasses

We had a lovely time at our crafty club yesterday.  Plastic glasses of any variety would make lovely Christmas decorations. We all used shot glasses